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NOTE: Only individuals registered to vote as a member of either the Republican or Democratic party are eligible to vote. Independent voters, those registered with no party preference, or those registered with a political party that is not participating in the Presidential Preference Election are not eligible to vote in the Presidential Preference Election.
NOTE: Independent voters are eligible to vote in the Primary Election.
The Presidential Preference Election is an election for voters registered with a specific political party to designate their preference for their party’s presidential candidate. Voters must be registered with the participating parties of the Presidential Preference Election. In 2024, the Republican and Democratic parties will participate in the Presidential Preference Election.
***Voters registered with another party, as independent, or without a party preference cannot participate in the Presidential Preference Election. ***
Arizona holds a Presidential Preference Election once every four years in March or on a date selected by the Governor through proclamation during a presidential election year. For an election to happen, the State Political Parties must submit a request to have an election for their particular party.
Arizona’s Primary Election occurs every two years, always in an even year. This election includes federal, state, county and local offices that are up for election. As a Primary Election serves to narrow down each recognized political party's candidates, there are ballots for the recognized political parties. Voters registered as an independent or no party preference must select a ballot style to participate in the election. Some areas may have a non-partisan ballot option. Check back later for more information.
Visit my.arizona.vote or contact the County Recorder at 520-432-8358 to verify your registration information.
Arizona’s General Election occurs every two years, always in an even year. This election includes federal, state, county and local offices that are up for election. The general election is the final election held between nominees of various parties, as well as non-partisan races, ballot propositions and initiatives.
Local jurisdictions, such as cities, towns, school districts and Special Districts can hold special elections outside of the regular Primary/General Election. These elections can take place in March, May, August and November. Jurisdictional and Municipal Elections can also take place during the Arizona’s Primary and General Elections. Qualified electors within the jurisdiction holding the election are eligible to vote in it.
Independent voters and those without a party preference can vote in Primary Elections but cannot vote in Presidential Preference Elections.
In Arizona’s Primary Elections, independents may request to vote in the Republican or Democratic Primary. If you are on the Active Early Voting List, you must make your request before the Elections Department can send you a ballot. You can do so at my.arizona.vote or by contacting the County Recorder at 520-432-8358.
Due to a ruling by the U.S. District Court, the Arizona Libertarian party is not included in Arizona’s open Primary. This means only registered Libertarians may vote a Libertarian ballot.
The Arizona Green Party (Green) has chosen to have a closed Primary Election. This means only those registered with a party preference of Green may vote a Green ballot.
Visit my.arizona.vote to check your voter registration status, learn about upcoming elections, find voting locations and more.
To learn more about city, town, school district or special district elections, contact the jurisdiction/district directly. Information about statewide measures can be found on the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office website.
Ballots are mailed out beginning 27 days prior to the Election. It typically takes a few days to arrive in the mail. If you are registered as an Independent for the Primary Election, you will need to request the specific type of ballot that you would like to receive. Request a ballot online at my.arizona.vote or contact the County Recorder's Office at 520-432-8358.
Verify your voter registration and check the status of your ballot-by-mail at my.arizona.vote. You may also contact the County Recorder’s Office at 520-432-8358 to verify your registration and confirm the status of your early ballot.
Registering to vote in Arizona (or in another state) may affect your financial aid. Please check with your financial aid office before registering to ensure that any grants or scholarships are not affected.
Voters can receive their ballot by mail utilizing one of two options:
To have a ballot automatically mailed to you for every election in which you are eligible, a registered voter can sign up for the AEVL. Voters on the AEVL must have an Arizona mailing address. Ballots are mailed to the voter beginning 27 days prior to any election.
Voters can sign up online at servicearizona.com under the voter registration pathway. Voters may also use a paper signup form, available online at the County Recorder’s website. Turn in a hard-copy form to:
To request a ballot for just one election or election cycle (Primary & General Elections), you can:
The deadline to request a ballot by mail for the 2024 Elections are as follows:
No. Arizona law does not allow official election materials, such as ballots, to be forwarded by the Post Office. If you would like to have your ballot mailed to a temporary mailing address, make your request by calling the Cochise County Recorder at 520-432-8358. If you are in the military or a military family member stationed out of the county, or you live overseas, please find out more information at my.arizona.vote.
If you damaged your mail ballot, you may request a replacement ballot in the mail online at my.arizona.vote or by calling the County Recorder at 520-432-8358 no later than seven business days before the election. You may also request a replacement ballot by visiting any voting location found at the Elections Department website until 7:00pm on Election Day.
Postmarks do not count! Make sure you return your early ballot at least seven business days before Election Day or drop it off in one of our Vote Centers by 5:00pm the day before the Election. Visit cochise.az.gov/509/Voter-Information for a list of secure early ballot drop-off locations.
You may also drop your early ballot off at any Vote Center between 6:00am to 7:00pm on Election Day.
No. The green envelope has pre-paid, business first class postage. Stamps could slow down the mail.
Sign and date the yellow ballot affidavit envelope before you return your ballot. Please include your phone number so that the Cochise County Recorder’s Office may contact you if there are questions about your signature. The phone number is not shared and is only used by the Recorder’s Office.
If you need assistance using www.servicearizona.com to register or update voter information, please see the Secretary of State’s ServiceArizona Guide or reach out to the Secretary of State at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-877-THE-VOTE.
You may track the status of your ballot at my.arizona.vote to confirm that it was received and counted.
Voters may vote at, or drop off their early ballots at, any one of the vote centers in Cochise County. You may locate a vote center through my.arizona.vote or on the Elections Department website. If you are still unable to locate a polling location you may contact the Elections Department at 520-432-8970.
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The counties train and hire bipartisan teams of poll workers which consist of, at a minimum, an Inspector, two Judges, a Marshal, and Clerks. The Inspector serves as the lead at the vote center. Judges helps voters with the check-in process, issues ballot cards to voters, curbside voting, and assist with related matters. The Marshal announces when polls open and close, and manages the lines on Election Day by measuring the length of wait time throughout the day. The Clerk provides assistance to the Inspector, Judges, and Marshals as needed throughout the day.
Provisional ballots help ensure every eligible voter can vote only once and that all voters can vote. Provisional ballots are provided to voters when additional verification of that voter’s eligibility is needed. Provisional ballots will be tabulated once the County Recorder’s Office confirms that the voter is registered and eligible to vote in the election. Provisional ballots merely provide an additional safety check to ensure that no one who is ineligible to vote can cast a ballot. Arizona law also allows for conditional provisional ballots. Conditional provisional ballots are issued by poll workers when a voter fails to present the required ID. For these ballots to be counted, the voter must provide their ID to the County Recorder within 5 days for elections that include Federal races, and 3 days for any other election.
When a voter attempts to cast their ballot at a polling location, the address on their identification must reasonably match the voter’s residence or mailing address in the signature roster or e-pollbook to vote a regular ballot. If the address does not reasonably match, the voter is deemed to have shown identification, but must vote a provisional ballot. Additionally, if a roster indicates that a voter received a ballot by mail and the poll worker is unable to confirm that the ballot has not been received and/or is unable to cancel the mailed ballot, the voter will be asked to vote a provisional ballot until it can be verified, they have not previously voted.
The voter should complete the provisional ballot and follow poll worker instructions on submitting it.
The County Recorder will verify that the voter is a registered and eligible voter prior to sending that provisional ballot to be tabulated. If the County Recorder determines the voter is not eligible, then that ballot will not be tabulated.
The contests on your ballot depend on where you live and in what elections you are eligible to vote. Certain jurisdictions may have items on the ballot for voters who are registered to vote within the jurisdiction’s boundaries.
Visit the Secretary of State’s Office website for more information on statewide contests.
Counties may begin tabulating ballots once early voting begins and their equipment has been certified through logic and accuracy testing. All early ballots (whether cast by mail or in person) will go through the signature verification process prior to tabulation. The County Recorder’s Office will confirm that the voter’s signature on the ballot affidavit envelope matches the signature in that voter’s record.
Ballots cast in person on Election Day will be tabulated that day and are typically included in the election results posted after the first round of results on election night.
State and federal law protects your right to a secret ballot. Once you put your ballot in the ballot box or tabulator, no identifying information on the ballot exists to connect that ballot back to you. However, your county election officials count every eligible ballot and ensure audits are in place to check the tabulation process.
No, it does not invalidate the whole ballot.
If you marked more ovals than what is allowed, it is considered an "overvote." No vote will count for that contest, but all other votes will count. If you did not vote for a given office or issue or marked less ovals than allowed, this is considered an "undervote." In this instance, only the marked ovals are counted.
Follow the instructions provided with your ballot. If you make a mistake, contact the County Recorder at 520-432-8358 before you return the ballot. You can request that your first ballot be canceled and that you receive a new one.
Write-in candidate names do not appear printed on the ballot – by definition, a voter must write them in. If a voter writes a name who has not timely filed write-in paperwork, then votes for that write-in will not be tabulated.
The list of official write-in candidates will be available on the Elections Department’s website and will be posted in voting locations, as well as at my.arizona.vote. Note that there are NO write-in candidates for the Presidential Preference election.
A write-in vote will be tabulated for official write-in candidates so long as the voter’s intent is clear. It is important to note that ONLY official write-in candidates will be counted if written in. If a voter writes in a candidate whose name already appears as the ballot, that vote may not be counted as a vote for that candidate and could instead show up as an unaffiliated write-in.
If you have already returned your ballot, the first ballot received is the one that will be counted. If you have not returned your ballot, contact the County Recorder to learn how to return and cancel your original ballot to receive a new one.
No, you will remain on the Active Early Voting List.
The voter can call the County Recorder at 520-432-8358 and request a one-time ballot by mail be sent to their temporary address. This request must be made at least 11 days prior to the election.
The County Recorder will try to contact you if you are missing a signature or if they are unable to confirm the signature is valid.
For more information, contact the County Recorder at 520-432-8358.
Arizona law provides for a recount when the margin between the top two candidates or issues is less than or equal to 0.5% (one half of one percent) of the total votes cast for that contest. For example, a race in which the two candidates/issues received 49.9% and 49.5% (a difference of 0.4%) of the vote would go to a recount, but a race in which the candidates/issues received 49.9% and 49.3% (a difference of 0.6%) would not.
This does not apply to all types of elections – it does not include elections for precinct committeemen, school district governing boards, community college district governing boards, fire district boards, or boards of other special districts.
Neither candidates nor the public can request a recount. Recounts must be ordered by a court at the request of the officer in charge of elections (for state, federal and legislative races, that is the Secretary of State, for an office of a county or subdivision of a county, the Board of Supervisors, and for a city/town, the city/town council). Once a court orders a recount, the County will tabulate all ballots for that contest and perform the required audit functions.
This process will take time, and for federal, statewide, and legislative contests, it cannot begin until after the statewide canvass. If a recount is triggered, voters should not expect final results until late December.
A limited hand count audit may occur before the results are confirmed and canvassed by the governing board. The purpose of the hand count audit is to compare the results of the machine count to the hand count to assure that the machines are working properly and accurately counting votes. This hand count is in addition to the logic and accuracy testing of the machines before and after ballot tabulation.
The counties will begin reporting results on Election Night, starting at 8:00pm The first uploads from the counties will report early ballots returned before Election Day. The next report on Election Night will include ballots cast in person on Election Day. Throughout the following days, the counties will report the remaining early and provisional ballots that were returned by 7:00pm on Election Day.
Countywide results will be posted online at https://www.cochise.az.gov/353/Election-Results, and statewide results will be available at https://azsos.gov/elections/results-data.
All Early ballots require signature verification before they can be sent to tabulation. The County Recorder’s Office verifies that the individual that signed that ballot is, in fact, the early voter that was permitted to cast that ballot. All voters’ signatures are verified by manual process. An individual trained in signature verification must confirm that a signature matches those on record. This process takes time but is vital to ensure one person, one vote.
Many additional steps are involved in canvassing an election to make it official. For instance:
Governing authorities at the Municipal, County, and/or State level must then certify the results in a public meeting before the results are final.
Neither the counties nor the Secretary of State “call” elections or declare the results prior to the canvass of the election. Barring any statutorily required recounts, upon canvassing, the reported results become official. Media outlets and political pundits may call races or make determinations that they are “too close to call”. These “calls” are based on many factors related to the race in question but have no bearing on the continued process of county elections offices completing the process of tabulating ballots and curing provisional ballots through the allowable deadlines.